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White House warns Congress against Pakistan curbs

Published Nov 30, 2012 09:10pm


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The White House is seen from the South Lawn in Washington, May 15, 2012. - File Photo by Reuters

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has warned Congress that some of the restrictions it has placed on Pakistan can jeopardise the US-led campaign against terrorism in Afghanistan.

A policy statement issued on Friday by the Executive Office of the US President, warns the lawmakers that placing such limitations on reimbursement to the government of Pakistan was having a negative impact on bilateral relations.

“The administration strongly objects to the certification requirements in section 1216,” says the statement.

Some of “these certification requirements … require the Secretary of Defence to certify Pakistani cooperation on issues outside of his purview”.

The requirements are “proposed at a particularly sensitive time and would severely constrict DOD's ability to respond to emergent war-time coalition support requirements, putting at risk the success of our campaign in Afghanistan,” the statement adds.

“It has been a long, tough haul, yet a concerted team effort on both sides has paid an increment of important dividends,” said Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman, while pointing out a notable positive change in Washington’s attitude towards Islamabad.

“We have moved from a period of constant crisis management to regular cooperation, but multiple transitions in the region and in both countries make caution the best guide in seeking better future in roadmaps for progress,” she cautioned.

Section 1216 of the recently passed National Defence Authorisation Act for US fiscal year 2013 prohibits reimbursement to Pakistan for support during periods when Nato supply lines to Afghanistan remained closed.

The restrictions become effective from the day this act is enacted.


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Comments (4) Closed

Malick Dec 01, 2012 03:19am
White House and Capital Hill ever never proved a dependant friend to Pakistan. One way trafic is not trust worthy.
Amerian Dec 01, 2012 05:28am
Most American lawmakers are totally out of touch with reality. They don't understand the very complex situation in PakAf corridor. There are too many players too many powers, proxy wars, drugs, and mafia involved. American lawmakers have seen too many cowboys movies. American kids are dieing without any cause in Afghanistan. Obama has done a fantastic job in Afghanistan. It is not hard to take everyone along while walking on tight rope. President has done that and he is doing a great job. Hindering president will put a lot of American lives in harm way.
muzammil ullah khan Dec 01, 2012 07:30am
This is a typical case of carrot and stick ! Pakistan must not succumb to unnecessary pressures . We must realize that USA or for that matter any country will follow policies that suit their aims . If our aims do not coincide then we should continue to follow policies that suit our country irrespective of what any country says.
Military103 Dec 01, 2012 08:02am
Very true. Unfortunate that Pakistan has not learned the art of negotiation.